The Chase Brock Experience's dance theater piece uses Vivaldi’s music to imagine an American community in the not-too-distant future, as the practical reality of climate change seeps in. More…
From the show:
The Four Seasons imagines an American community in the not-too-distant future, as the practical reality of climate change seeps in and the people adapt as best they can, shedding layer after layer as Roz G, an increasingly frantic cable news weather anchor, attempts to preside over the chaos.
A 60-minute work set to Antonio Vivaldi’s Le quattro stagioni and punctuated with original weather reports written by playwright David Zellnik, The Four Seasons is a dance theater narrative conceived, directed and choreographed by Chase Brock, which made its world premiere at Joyce SoHo in May 2008 and returns to Theatre Row in Fall 2019.
See it if You enjoy contemporary dance. Great choreography. Gorgeous costumes. Semi-successful attempt to make relevant w/connect to climate change.
Don't see it if You want a traditional play with a linear plot line. This is a dance piece which requires interpretation.
See it if you like hard working dancers in Vivaldi’s masterpiece with good choreography never leaving the stage w/added climate messages tween seasons
Don't see it if you are looking for a play as this is a dance concert by The Chase Brock Experience w/short messages, some comical, to permit costume change
See it if Inclusive equal-sexed contemp troupe performing four 12-min rituals:spring,summer,autumn, and apocalypse.Weather updates.Confetti rain.Kazoo
Don't see it if Weather alerts:"It's boring/It's normal/It's neato/Storm's coming/Smog alert/Don't worry/Carbon planet/It's awesome/More at 11:00"Mosquitoes
Also Weather update:"I tried to warn you."
See it if You love Vivaldi, enjoy a decent modern dance co. working hard in a small space, appreciate when dance work has a followable narrative.
Don't see it if Expecting deep social commentary on climate change. The "Weather person" hides the wardrobe changes, but is odd addition in a dance work.
See it if like message with your movement, color with some humor, classical dance & music with contemporary feel, excellent technique & pretty dancers
Don't see it if can't abide mixing of metaphors, don't like ballet / classical music, need plot to keep your attention, expected Arthur Miller or Neil Simon
See it if contemporary dance set to Vivaldi's 4 seasons with a humorous narrative about climate change between sections sounds appealing. Not kidding!
Don't see it if you prefer dance with no gimmicks.
See it if you want dance with a social message. Though the message is delivered by a weather forecaster, not the dancers.
Don't see it if you want to see the dancers properly, Dance should never be presented in a theater with no sight lines or on a stage that's this small.
See it if you enjoy ensemble ballet and jazz, Vivaldi, and their dramatization of the risk of climate change.
Don't see it if you prefer traditional drama or musicals or longer shows, or do not enjoy ensemble dance or Italian classical music.
See it if You like modern dance; interesting juxtapositions of dance and politics, even if the point is pretty obvious from the start.
Don't see it if You hate dance Vivaldi or his Four Seasons, don’t believe in climate change or weather women. Necessary for the costume changes but too much
See it if you're a dance fan ( I am) and would like to see a troupe of well-trained, beautiful young performers in a short piece re: climate change
Don't see it if you expect a lengthy serious & profound classical ballet; this one includes some strained humor with little impact
See it if You like Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and want to see a new dance interpretation of it which is fairly successful.
Don't see it if You don’t like modern dance mixed with traditional ballet, don’t want to see a “modern” interpretation of the Four Seasons.
See it if you want a rare op to see a large dance ensemble and epic ideas in a tiny theater space. Brock and his company are highly accomplished .
Don't see it if you expect a play in a space that usually houses plays or feel uncomfortable when a piece seems slightly cramped by its small stage.
See it if You will appreciate interesting romantic humorous choreography. Hard-working efficient dancers instep for a long production.
Don't see it if You’re really not fond of dance and don’t have the patience to sit through a long program. You don’t appreciate hard work and sweat.
See it if You like choreographed dance in an intimate setting. Good dance pieces but the stage was too small for 10 dancers
Don't see it if you want dialogue...very little of it here...60 minutes for 4 dance pieces signifying season changes.
See it if you're a Chase Brock fan; social issues mixed with dancing might intrigue you; you're here for some eye candy vs listening to dialogue
Don't see it if you prefer spoken dialogue, a real plot line, or a message to go home with; you enjoy printed Playbills with bios & credits vs a digital one
See it if you like pretty, but unchallenging modern dance. The choreography lacks any special voice. The "story" is thin & lacks subtlety or depth.
Don't see it if you don't like modern dance. This felt long & padded at a single hour. A too-obvious comment on climate change.
See it if You want wonderful choreography and beautiful dancing to 4 Seasons. Climate change makes for a clever theme.
Don't see it if You want traditional ballet.
Also Chase Brock is an exciting, talented and creative choreographer.
See it if You really enjoy dance shows, even if they’re not the most thought through or polished
Don't see it if You have high expectations, or are expecting a traditional dance performance
See it if you like modern dance & Vivaldi's music
Don't see it if you you are wanting to see a show Based on the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. THAT SHOW IS JERSEY BOYS & you should have read
See it if you’re in the mood for a delight evening of ballet, and a potent message about climate change. Listening to Vivaldi is always a treat.
Don't see it if I can’t think of a reason not to see it!